Grain Barge

Music

Every Thursday night (and sometimes on other days) we showcase quality live music from established and up-and-coming acts.

Doors open at 8pm.
Most nights, free entry.

"...Grain Barge is hot on Thekla's heels for nailing some of those local musicians on the cusp of stardom."
Bristol 24-7

Supported by Korev"Cornish Lager With Soul"


APRIL




BATH BOMB : BATH'S FRESHEST YOUNG BANDS

Thursday 6th April, 7pm, Free Entry


Exciting showcase of hot new bands from Bath Spa university, remember you saw them here first!


KERENSA
HARRY HOUSEAGO
THE WILD FANGS
KARMA CLUB
PANTHEON


THE MAN & THE LAKE

Thursday 27th April, 8pm, Free Entry

The Man and The Lake is a four piece Balkan Folk band from Bristol. Their sound is inspired by Balkan music from southeastern Europe mixed with traditional folk music.
The band is composed of Mattia Maragno, singer and guitarist; Jack Cookson, double-bassist and backing vocals; Nic Burn on the drums; and Celeste Cantor-Stephens on the trumpet.

+ CHRIS WEBB


MAY




GLASS ANGEL

Thursday 4th May, 8pm, Free Entry


Ex-Blue Aeroplane fronts Glass Angel, purveyors of kaleidoscopic power-pop, influenced by the likes of XTC, Blondie, The Replacements and Gang of Four. This will be the launch gig for Glass Angel's debut album, 'In Dreams We Fly'.

Special guest support comes from multi-instrumental livelooper-cum-raconteur Paul Bradley."

MIKE DENNIS

Thursday 11th May, 8pm, Free Entry


Mike Dennis is a classically-trained violinist whose boyhood love of Run DMC, Beastie Boys and Gangstarr led him to create a unique kind of string-heavy hip hop music he refers to as Violinica.

"Violin in hand and a multitude of effects and loop pedals at his feet, he builds up to a string and percussion crescendo before opening his mouth and… wow! This guy doesn’t just spit rhymes, they just cascade out at a speed that is as ferocious as his lyrics." - Wake The Deaf (Ben Gallivan)

Performing using Jess (violin), a loop pedal and a cajon, Mike builds up layers of dense harmony and embellishes with thoughtful, energetic rhymes drawing inspiration from daily British life and the perils and profits of love with a geeky fanaticism for rhythm-bending and syncopation.

LAB COAST

Wednesday 17th May, 8pm, £6 from Headfirst


Since 2008, Lab Coast has been delivering hazy bursts of hook-laden guitar pop from their basement studio inCalgary, Alberta. Singer David Laing & multi-instrumentalist Chris Dadge carve out detailed analog productions ona variety of different tape machines while pillaging the bounty of instruments left behind at the Lab Coast practicespace. The resultant constellations of compact, tightly wound melodies and bustling rhythms form a highly texturedkaleidoscopic backdrop for Laing's understated crooning and oblique, yet slyly evocative lyrics. Dadge’s ever-evolving, DIY approach to recording places them in the tradition of fellow home-brew recorders such as StrappingFieldhands, early Guided By Voices, and R. Stevie Moore, while the songs themselves recall the likes of TeenageFanclub, Tom Petty, and The La's. The Toronto Star calls it “scuffed-up, small-scale psych-pop”, and their latestrelease provides the perfect point of entry for the newcomer.

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